356: Zechariah 13:6

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 356

The wounds of the Messiah will be due to the sins of His “friends” whom He dies for.

Old Testament Prediction:

Zechariah 13:6 And one will say to him, What are these wounds between your arms? Then he will answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

New Testament Fulfillment:

First possibility: The wounds are from His friends whom He died for.

John 20:26-28 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

John 15:14 (Jesus speaking) “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”

Second Possibility: The betrayal of the Messiah by a close friend.

Matthew 10:4 Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

Mark 14:10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them.

Luke 6:16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.

John 6:71 He spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would betray Him, being one of the twelve.

John 13:26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

Matthew 26:14-16 Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. 16 So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.


Opinions among Bible commentators on verse 6 of Zechariah Chapter 13 vary. Some feel strongly that this verse is speaking of the Messiah. Others believe that in order for verse 6 to be a valid verse for the Messiah, it would require a sudden change in the subject matter, which, in their opinion, disqualifies this verse as being Messianic.

If we were to follow this line of reasoning throughout the Bible, there would be a great number of Old Testament prophecies that would be disqualified.

There are several occasions when the context of a verse changes abruptly from one subject matter to a description of Messiah. The following 12 Old Testament Prophecies of the Messiah have a Messianic reference in the midst of a completely different subject matter. There are dozens of additional examples; but for the sake of space, I included these 12 from the Psalms. If you will go back and read the entire context of scriptures before and after the Messianic verses below, you will notice that all of these prophecies have a sudden and abrupt change in subject matter to a Messianic verse of scripture that would otherwise be completely irrelevant, unless it was speaking of the Messiah.

If it were not for the New Testament fulfillment of many of these Old Testament prophecies, we would not know that they were Messianic. For this reason, and because of the vast number of verses in the Old Testament that would be unidentifiable as Messianic unless there was a New Testament counterpart to validate the verse, we must understand that the Lord has placed these verses within unrelated text—on purpose.

The fact that this phenomenon exists is a great evidence for the supernatural construction of the Bible and a validation for these sixty-six books as the word of God.

Twelve Old Testament Prophecies in which the verse does not fit with the context of the surrounding verses:

Prophecy 66: When the Messiah arrives, children will shout praises to Him.

Psalms 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”

Prophecy 89: The Psalmist David asks: “Who can ascend into the presence of the Lord?” The answer: The Messiah, for only He is truly Holy.

Psalms 24:3-4 “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.”

Prophecy 91: The Messiah will not be left in the grave; He will be resurrected to life.

Psalms 30:3 “O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.”

Prophecy 92: The words that the Messiah will speak upon His death, as He commits His Spirit to God.

Psalms 31:5 “Into Your hand I commit my spirit…”

Prophecy 96: Not one of the Messiah’s bones will be broken.

Psalms 34:20 “He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.”

Prophecy 101: The body for the Messiah’s sacrifice was prepared for Him before the foundation of the world.

Psalms 40:6-8 “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, ‘Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.’ ”

Prophecy 104: The Messiah will be betrayed by a close friend, one who ate bread with Him.

Psalms 41:9 “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.”

Prophecy 107: The Messiah to be specially anointed by God with Joy.

Psalms 45:7 “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

Prophecy 112: When the Messiah is crucified and then raised from the dead, He will take with Him back to heaven all those Old Testament saints who died waiting for Him.

Psalms 68:18 “You have ascended on high, You have led captivity captive; You have received gifts among men, Even from the rebellious, That the LORD God might dwell there.”

Prophecy 116: The Messiah’s zeal for God and a desire to see Him glorified in all things would drive Him.

Psalms 69:9 “Because zeal for Your house has eaten me up, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.”

Prophecy 125: The Messiah will teach by the use of Parables.

Psalms 78:1-2 “Give ear, O my people, to my law; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old…”

Prophecy 133: During the temptation of the Messiah, this Psalm shall be quoted by satan to validate His identity.

Psalms 91:11-12 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.

We are left with two possibilities for the correct meaning of this verse from Zechariah 13:6.

1. This verse is speaking of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.
2. This verse is speaking of Jesus’ suffering and wounds due to our sins.

What is the “house” that this prophecy is referring to, and who are his “friends?” One possibility is that this prophecy is referring to Judas, who betrayed Jesus. It is my opinion that the “friends” whom this verse is speaking of are those whom Jesus died to save.

John 15:14 (Jesus speaking) You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.

The “house” is His church where we all come for worship, to study the word of God, and to have fellowship with each other.

In reality, it was each one of us, as Jesus’ friends, who put Him on the cross. The wounds that were inflicted upon His body were placed there because of our sins. Jesus had done nothing wrong Himself, nor had He committed any sin.

When we ask the Lord, “What are these wounds between your arms?” Then He will answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

Jesus will reply, “I was wounded for your transgressions.”

Isaiah 52:14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

We know that after Jesus rose from the dead, He bore the scars from the torture He suffered against His body. When the frightened disciples gathered together after the death of Jesus, suddenly the Lord appeared in the room where they were hiding in fear of the local authorities. Thomas was apparently not with the other disciples when Jesus appeared. After Thomas arrived, one of the disciples informed Thomas that Jesus had appeared alive before them. Thomas was skeptical that the Lord could be alive after being scourged 39 times, punched repeatedly in the face, pierced by nails on the cross, and lanced by the spear in His heart by a Roman soldier. Later, as Thomas is with the other disciples, Jesus appears again and invites Thomas to touch the scars that remain on His body which confirm that He is the crucified and risen Christ.

John 20:24-28 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

When Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where they had laid Jesus after His death, Jesus had already been resurrected. Mary did not recognize Jesus when He was standing near the tomb. Only after Jesus spoke Mary’s name did she realize that it was the Lord. This may have been due to the massive scars on Jesus face and body that remained after He was beaten and crucified.

John 20:1-16 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

On one of the roads leading out of Jerusalem to the village of Emmaus, some of those who had witnessed Jesus being beaten and crucified were discussing amongst themselves the events of Jesus’ death. Suddenly, Jesus appears unknown to these men and inquires the reason for their sadness. They explain that Jesus, whom they had hoped was the Messiah, had been crucified and died.

These men did not realize that the one to whom they were speaking was the risen Jesus. It was not until the Lord took bread and broke it and handed it to the men, that they realized it was Him. As Jesus reached out His hands, they must have noticed the nail holes in His wrists where He had been pierced. Surprisingly, they did not recognize that it was Jesus by His appearance, most likely because He had been so disfigured by His torture and death.

Luke 24:13-31 Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?” Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.” Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

The testimony of this event is that Jesus took these men back through the many Old Testament prophecies that are the subject of this book and showed them how He had fulfilled each one.

When John describes Jesus in the Book of Revelation, he details the appearance of Jesus as like “a Lamb as though it had been slain.” Jesus is apparently still bearing the scars on His face and body from His torture and death, even after His resurrection.

Revelation 5:6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain…

It is difficult to image the Creator of all things, being brutally butchered for us. The fact that Jesus allowed these evil men to so disfigure Him, that He was barely recognizable as a man, gives us a glimpse into how severely God hates the sin that had made the death of God’s Son necessary. Equally, God must surely love us all so greatly that He would permit His only Son to die such a horrible death that has left Him scarred for eternity.

He was wounded in the house of His friends, so that we might all obtain everlasting life.

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